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That is fake news, hoax or however we call it. Present your alternative facts!Why do you ask him ?
He doesn't use FreeBSD on that server , it`s Tux .
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You are not the only one in the game of implementing things deemed unnecessary.Some of you might not know this, but I have a deep interest in how various Technologies work. Which means that I might try to implement things that some might deem unnecessary. And, though you may not know it, I actually have Autism,
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I couldn't agree more. And to me the "abstraction" here is the most dangerous part because it depends on the things outside of one's personal control, and indeed outside of one's personal reality. When these abstractions become the basis for assumptions that can put you in jail or cause other political problems, then they become very real.My difficulty with losing privacy really isn't about the fact that my life is being tracked and used to sell me items. I'm one of those people (about 30% of humanity) that truly isn't positively influenced by advertising.
The problem lies with the fact that people don't really understand that there is no such thing as just data. The value in big data doesn't lie in the data itself, it lies in the information that can be inferred from said data.
That's where things become more abstract, but also way more dangerous.
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When I owned my restaurants, we did that all the time. You might not be surprised at the OMG! things we saw. Some of the photos could be hideous.an employer might come across in looking at a prospective employee.
I try to follow this phrase when someone approaches me to try and sell me something. "If I wanted it, I would be searching for it." But often you may not be aware such a product exists. So I might listen to see what he's pushing but he has to grab my interest in the first few seconds. Otherwise I have no problem just saying I'm not interested, turn and walk away in mid-sentence.I buy things when I need them
They teach classes in manipulation and mind control, too.The trouble began much earlier. The basic truth is: we can be manipulated. (That thing with the "unconscious".) We are doing and thinking a lot of things, and we do not really know why - or we think we know why but what we think is wrong. Just look at morals and/or sexuality, and you will find lots of such matters.
There were always people who knew this, and there were always so-called schools to train and learn to know oneself. (One of the newer ones is psychoanalysis, an older one is buddhism.)
I was against any form of online commerce for a long time till I discovered the Joy of ebay and the multitude of things they had for sale you just didn't normally see. I signed up for an ebay and a Paypal account, this before they merged, but any purchases I made were by check that I mailed in to them. That took 2 weeks to clear, put a cramp in my style and not every dealer wants to hold something 2 weeks for a check to clear. I linked my bank account and now purchases go through instantly from my ebay page using my Paypal account. I've done business with people all over the world and it's been a positive experience for me.I am not troubled about privacy. But today I got a questionnaire from PayPal, and they asked on which online shops I did buy things. Very well. But then they mentioned a couple of other online shops and asked why I didn't by at these also, and how they should improve the "shopping experience" in order to make me buy there.
And this is what troubles me: they seem to think that "shopping" is a pursuit, an engagement, an amusement, an end in itself! Hell no! I buy things when I need them, and I buy the things I need: the act of buying is a means to some other end.
Yes, and some of these can be partially useful, although they are intended for other purposes. Donald Kingsbury, for instance, seems to have grabbed some wisdom from Scientology Church, and if you manage to get a copy of his novel Courtship Rite, you find a bunch of brave ideas that nicely and validly break some borders of commonsense thinking.They teach classes in manipulation and mind control, too.